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Citra Single Hop IPA - Mikkeller ApS

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Citra Single Hop IPACitra Single Hop IPA

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Reviews: 80
Hads: 199
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 5
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: gford217 on 06-10-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of quirkzoo
2.46/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

IPA's without dates scare me, especially overseas IPAs but this one is new in a store with decent turnover so I went for it, wish I hadn't.

Pours a very nice dirty orange color with a thick two finger white head that slowly recedes to a nice thick cap. The smell is very interesting, it reminds me of the street market in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Very sweet, with a palm sugar aroma that has a vegetal undertone, not very complex and not what I would expect from Citra hops. The taste was bitter up front and almost no flavor except for some alcohol heat. The mouthfeel was strange and flaccid. Overall I poured the second half down the drain, not worth it.

From looking at other reviews it seems as though my experience is in the minority, but if you find this beer, make sure it is fresh.

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Photo of eric5bellies
2.68/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Drank from my Duvel tulip

A - Pours a deep copper colour with a large bubbled off white head that reduces fast and laces, has floaties in it.

S - Mainly buttery malts with a backup of hop, might not be that fresh.

T - Up front some bitterness followed by small amounts of hop followed by a buttery malty finish.

M - Medium body with low to medium carbonation.

O - Not the best offering of this series, would like to try fresh.

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Photo of Trilogy31
2.85/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beautiful deep auburn with a fluffly almost belgian blondesque head to it, which dissipated slowly leaving thick lacing. Overall this expensive 12oz beer was dissapointing as the malts and roasted sweetness really shine through unfortunately when the hops should shine. I picked up light notes of pine and citrus - this would be way better served in almost a nuetral malt character to allow the single variety hops to really shine. Not a bad beer but far from a pure example of hop puriety.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.93/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

6.8% according to my bottle (purchased today). 11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle acquired at Ramirez Liquor in Los Angeles and served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I love Mikkeller and I really liked the Amarillo single hop, though the other beers in the series have been overpriced disappointments.

Imported by the Shelton Bastards.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good retention for the above average ABV. Body colour is a nontransparent dark dull copper with floating yeast particles clearly visible. Lots of yeast in this one. No bubble show. Decent lacing.

Sm: Floral bittering hop aroma. No pine or grapefruit but maybe some buried citrus on the back end. Caramel. Butterscotch. Toffee. An interesting hop aroma; more complex than I always figured citra was. Some cream. An average strength, intriguing aroma.

T: Full-bodied clean malts support the simple hop flavour: hints of toffee with bland floral character. Some cream. Caramel and hints of butterscotch. Muddy fermented tangerine. Hops are indistinct and layer well with the malts; this is well balanced albeit murky. Interesting but somewhat underwhelming. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Actually, maybe some biscuity yeast. But the yeast character is shockingly limited considering you can plainly see chunks of it floating about.

Mf: Silky smooth with some coarseness on the climax. Nicely wet and refreshing on the open, but it gets dryer as it slides towards the finish. Good thickness and carbonation. Suits the flavours nicely.

Dr: Quite drinkable but a bit boring and underwhelming. That said, it's much more mellow and malt friendly than most IPAs. There's no biting bitterness or stinging citrus. I have a new appreciation for citra. That said, it's not as good as the Amarillo single hop. As an experiment, this is a success, and it does feel like a complete beer, but it's just not that interesting. A passable IPA, but not one fans of the style will be impressed with.


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Photo of RolandoHH
3.17/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark orange, with a two finger thick head with medium retention. There's a LOT of yeast chunks floating around. Intentional or not, this isn't precisely appealing.

S - Earthy, woody scent, with a hint of malty sweetness and definitely some yeast.

T - Taste matches the nose. Earthy, woody, malty (much more than I expected), with a hint of vanilla.

M - Smooth, even considering the yeast chunks.

O - Aside from the appearance, an enjoyable IPA, though the balance is off in places.

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Photo of mrand01
3.19/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330mL bottle poured into a Weyerbacher tulip.

A: Golden amber/orange color with a thick off-white head. Lots of sediment even with a careful pour. Head never really fully settles. Lots of sticky lacing.

S: Hoppy with some muted citrus notes, grapefruit being the most prominent.

T: Meh, was expecting a tropical fruit & citrus hop combo, instead it's very piney and caramel-y.

M: Medium bodied and fairly sticky.

O: This was a bit of a let down as I was expecting the Citra hop to be more pronounced. Not to say that it isn't a good IPA though.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Bavarian Lodge.

A- Very cloudy, creamy lemon with 1 finger white head and lacing the clings to the glass throughout the beer.

S- Smell no hops in this beer. Its all lemons and lemon peel with some other citrus in there.

T- Again like the aroma, a ton of tart lemons and belgian yeast. Do not pick up on the hops at all, just more tart, bitter lemon.

M- Medium body, medium carbonation and creamy texture.

O- Not sure if this was the right beer or what, but this did not seem like a ipa at all. Seemed more like a saison or sour. Maybe the draft is different? Not a bad beer, just had to down grade it because of the characteristics didn't match the style.

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Photo of Brad007
3.29/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy amber color with lots of hop residue and a thin head into my glass. I love citra hops so naturally, this stood out a lot.

Sweet and citrusy upfront. Malt has a buttery edge. Otherwise, not much else to report aroma-wise.

Grassy with a touch of pine, citrus and buttery malt. It might not be as fresh as I'd hoped. I was expecting a bigger citra kick.

Mouthfeel isn't much different. No freshness indicator on bottle.

Well, it is an IPA but it's just not what I was expecting flavor-wise.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was a nice surprise. I'm not a fan of grapefruit, in general, and I wouldn't have chosen it if I knew it was, however, the grapefruit/citrus taste was a perfect foil for the hops. The light cloudy yellow color doesn't make a good impression visually, b ut the smell and flavor turn it around.

This is not a drink all day beer, but it might be nice to pair with an open fire cooked meat like pork or venison.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 330 ml brown bottle. Pours out a deep cloudy marmalade hue, tall rocky off-white head with intense retention.

Spicy leafy notes with grapefruit rind on the nose, while lemon and tangerine float in the background. Very faint grainy malt present.

Sweet cakey malt is immediately eclipsed by puckering citrus and herbal hop notes, building in intensity towards the finish with a more pith and rind character. Grapefruit rind assertively lingers on in the aftertaste.

On the fuller side of medium-bodied, slippery and full texture, with low yet still present carbonation.

A decent showcase for the Citra hop varietal, yet overall and overly lop-sided IPA. For those craving a hop fix or to check out what the Citra has to offer.

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Photo of mattsander
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Mahogany in color with copper highlights and a long lasting off-white head. Small amounts of lacing. TONS of globby yeast sediment. This would be a decent looking beer without the yeast.

S: Perfume of sweet melon (maybe canteloupe?), some lychee, fruity sticky munich-ish malts, and a hint of alcohol on the end. A pretty damn good smelling IPA, but restrained for an all Citra-beer. No cat pee, onion or resin.

T: A well mannered, tame american IPA leaning towards sweet. Bottle says 80 IBU but this tastes more like 50.

M: Medium mouthfeel, easy drinking and refreshing.

Too malt-foward a bit stale on the nose to be great, but not a bad IPA.

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Photo of aasher
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle with the orange label (different than the picture). This one pours an interesting orange with some reddish hue to it and a one finger soapy off white head. The aromas are very citrusy with a moderate amount of sticky sweet malt. I don't think that it's as fresh as I originally thought. The flavors are pretty malty with a slight citrus hop character with a slightly dry and bitter finish. It is what it is. It drinks light and the flavors aren't bad, just not awe inspiring. This is pretty similar to the rest of their single hop series, superior hop varietal or not.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle brought down from NYC. Reviewed from notes. Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle with no freshness information into a TBBC pint glass.

A: Pours a fairly dark copper, hazy to almost opaque. A low amount of visible carbonation still leads to a one-finger white head.

S: Bready and toasted caramel sweet malts, some floral and citrus pith hop aromas, and a bit of sweet booze.

T: Malt forward, with toasted bready malts, caramel and toffee, with a moderate citrus pith and pine hop presence. Moderate bitterness in the hang.

M: Average body and mouthfeel for style. Moderate carbonation sensation, and the alcohol seems more noticeable than it should be.

O: This wasn't horrible by any stretch, but I won't have another. More malt forward than expected with way less of the nice Citra flavors that you would want in this beer.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. My eighth beer from the Mikkeller Single Hop series. My bottle lists a 6.80% abv rather than the 6.90% abv listed on BeerAdvocate. Expectations are high based upon my experience with the others.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Woah, pours about five to six fingers of giant towering beige froth. Body is a dark burnt sienna orange / borderline mahogany color. Looks like all the others, except for the massive collection of dark yeast chunks sinking to the bottom of the glass. Definitely off-putting and clearly this much chunky yeast sediment wasn't intentional. Some nice streaks of lacing. Doesn't look bad, aside from the disturbing amount of yeast chunks.

S - Smell isn't off or strange in any way, despite the ridiculously muddled appearance. Smells of earthiness, twigs, wood, cream, vanilla, hint of yeast in the nose. Smells a lot like all the others.

T - Taste isn't noticeably off or ruined in any way either. Tastes much like the others. Earthiness, dried leaves, creamy vanilla, wood, caramelized malts.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy, with some mild bitterness and green apple skin stickiness lingering on the palate.

Overall, not too much different than any of the others, aside from the entirely nauseating appearance which, I'm going to give the benefit of the doubt, was an accident. Please excuse me while I go find my strainer.

Mikkeller Citra ---3.5/5

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Photo of aknight
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A reddish copper hue, not light, not too dark. A definite sweet passion fruit aroma. This is a very sweet smelling beer. A nice amount of carbonation provides a good mouthfeel and keeps what is an otherwise sweet tasting beer from being too syrupy. This is a sweet beer, with less carbonation the sweetness could be overwhelming but proper carbonation keeps this interesting. Overall this is not the best representation of the cira hop that I've had. This is a decent IPA but nothing I would go out of my way for. I would get it again if I saw it on draft but I don't know that I would go out of my way for it.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle poured into a tulip
thanks to Mr Kennedy for sourcing this

A-- Poured a dark honey orange color. Quit hazy looking but a good hue to this. BIG, massive light brownish sandpaper looking head. Three fingers. Fades pretty quickly to a nice, thick collar. Good lacing left when the head recedes. Also good head retention when swirling this.

S-- Big malt backbone, followed by almost all tangerine nose. Slight notes of grapefruit peel.

T-- Carmel backbone followed by tangerine, orange marmalade, grapefruit, and pine.

M-- Low carbonation, medium body and quite oily. Bitterness is in the mid and back palate. Orange and grapefruit finish that is heavier than in the mouth.

O-- Not a bad IPA. Then again I do think Mikkeller does make good IPA's. Good balance to this and quite drinkable. Hop qualities do shine well through the backbone.

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Photo of crossovert
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wanted to get to know this hop.

It pours like any of the other of this series.

The smell does bring notes of lemongrass, lemon curd, lemon gum drops, and some lime zest. The beer is obviously maltier now than fresh but you can get the gist of the hop.

The flavor is definitely still bitter. This hop is a milder one imo. Very much cirtus rindy. Definitely not something that I think is a good one for single hopping but for bitterness and citrusness along with a more torpical one for most of the flavor.

Not bad.

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Photo of John_M
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's.

The beer pours a copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. Nose is attractive, though a bit odd. I get apple cider, sweet ice tea, some light citrus and a hint of tobacco. On the palate, I'm just not loving this overly sweet, overly malty IPA. There is some hoppy bitterness in the finish, but really not enough to counter the sweet malt. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly long, lightly bitter finish.


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Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle $5.99 I'm starting to think these Mikkeller single hop beers are just plain overpriced. They're interesting but just too expensive. This was orange-amber with a pillowy head. Smell was hoppy but ambiguous, orange? Flavor reminded me of Torpedo with a hint of orange but I overall the citra hops were too nebulous for me to figure out.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a snifter at Local Option.

Appearance: As with the other Mikkeller single hops, this has a full golden caramel color with a dollop of creamy white foam on top. Hazy. A healthy amount of lace coats the glass.

Smell: A fair amount of caramel and biscuity sweetness seems to overhwhelm the mango and citrus hop aroma. Was this not dry hopped (or not dry hopped enough)?

Taste: The flavor starts out with a caramel and honey sweetness with some biscuity malt flavor as well. The mango, pineapple, and citrus flavor that I would expect is actually a little bit subdued, with some sticky pine hoppiness taking away from the fruit flavor. The finish has a lingering bitterness to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, although this does not have as light of a feel as some of the others. The carbonation edges in the direction of creamy, and there is a soft graininess to the feel. After a few minutes, this begins to lose its carbonation quickly, which is unfortunate.

Overall: This was fairly disappointing. Lately Citra hops have been all the craze, and for good reason. I have been seeking out anything with Citra in it, and this was the worst one I have had so far. Not to say that this was a terrible beer overall, but rather that the execution of the hops was not up to snuff.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. "8231103" on the cap, not really sure what this indicates.

pours out a rather cloudy deep golden orange color, somewhat amber. big, frothy off white head, maybe 2 fingers. some very nice thick retention and lots of nice lace stick to the glass.

i was expecting a citrus assault on the nose, but to my surprise this is a pretty balanced smelling IPA. pretty metallic at first. a lighter grapefruit citrus melds with a biscuity malt, slight fruity esters and a hint of resin.

no real hop flavors shine here, a bit of a letdown. theres a little resinous grapefruit, maybe a hint of pine. also kind of a woody hop character is noticable. biscuity caramel malt balances things out. bitterness throughout but definatly nothing kicking your teeth in.

heavier side of medium bodied with a slight resinous, sticky feel.

citra hops, the new variety on the market that seems to be all the rage. ive really enjoyed this hop in all the beers ive had it in (ithaca-13, torpedo, etc.), but this didnt do it for me. hardly any of the wonderful characteristics of this hop shine in this beer, too balanced. perhaps this was better fresher? the chinook and cascade single hop beers from the last batch were much better than this. kind of a letdown...

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass- pours a hazy orange/brown color with two fingers of head that stay for a somewhat unnervingly long time with puffy lacing.

The smell is definitely citrus- lemon, grapefruit, and resin. Good, but nowhere near as inviting as some of the great IPAs.

The taste is sweet throughout- definitely some piney resin up front followed by lemon, then grapefruit and then it gives way to malt sweetness with a little residual bitterness.

Mouthfeel is decent but a little too syrupy. Medium body with moderate carbonation and a little sticky. This is an interesting beer but not one I'd seek out (I just saw it and decided to give it a whirl).

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

With likely the most exciting hop variety to sprout in quite some time, and knowing the quality of Mikkeller beers; this beer created quite some excitement and great anticipation.

Pouring and expected similar appearance to others in the Single Hop series, the beer carries a dense and rich look of deep amber, rusty copper, and with a medium haze. Very froathy in its head coat, the off-white foam proves stubborn, as well does the lace of intricate patterns behind. A very hearty IPA.

Fruity, malty, and citrusy, the nose of Citra is pretty well balanced, but not with the punch of Citra hops as I know them. Richly malted, the nose is of fruitcake, caramel, bread crust, and a spicy earthy scent of hops (citrusy of course, but not with as much confidence as expected).

Flavors are balanced where hop dominance is needed. Densely malted with caramel, toffee, bread crust, and sweet breads coupled with esters of cherries, apples, and white raisons all give a sweeter, heartier, and fruitier flavor to the base beer. Citra hops have a moderate flavor of red grapefruit that simply seem muted in taste and result in only a balanced bitterness to the malt in finish. Balanced and non-descript, the beer's flavor doesn't carry the education in Citra hops for which I had hoped.

Malty rich textures give a creamy and bready mouthfeel to start that holds onto its body until deep into the mid palate. A very late and only moderate dryness of trailing malts, alcohol warmth, and hop dryness lead to a malty-dry IPA that prefers more malt richness over crisp and refreshment.

Although this, as with all other single hop series beers, are all very tasty and well built beers, the Citra hops are very tame and somewhat of a let down after tasting beers like Three Floyds Zombie Dust and Widmer X-114 IPA.

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Photo of Amalak
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had at Beer Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

A. It is hazy semi-opaque and has a caramel color. Decent foamy tan/white head.

S. Extremely strong fruity scent. Kind of pear, but more citrus.

T. This has a Sprite kind of taste to it. Fruity like a jollyrancher. Some citrus. A feel of banana. Very unique taste. A bit of a malty feel.

M. Smooth and full bodied.

O. For an IPA, not my kind of style that I prefer. A bit too fruity and smooth without enough bite.

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Photo of ADZA
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark orange hue which leaves a very frothy three finger head and heaps of lacing,the smell is lemon zest,grapefruit,dandylions and piney hops,the mouthfeel is abit light and just under medium bodied but very sessionable and has tastes of orange zest,grapefruit,piney citrus hops with also floral hops aswell its like a combination of both and the finish is nice and bitter and overall its nice but not my favourite single hop cheers.

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Citra Single Hop IPA from Mikkeller ApS
86 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.